Definition of Nolo contendere

1. Noun. (law) an answer of 'no contest' by a defendant who does not admit guilt but that subjects him to conviction.

Exact synonyms: Non Vult
Category relationships: Criminal Law
Generic synonyms: Answer

Definition of Nolo contendere

1. Noun. (legal) No contest. The designation of a plea that means that the defendant does not admit the charge, but has no means to dispute it that the court will recognize. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nolo Contendere

noli illegitimi carborundum
nolle pros
nolle prosequi
nolle prosequied
nolle prosequies
nolle prosequing
nolle prosequis
nolo contendere (current term)
nolo episcopari
nom de Web
nom de guerre
nom de plume
nom nom nom
nom race

Literary usage of Nolo contendere

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1. A Treatise on Federal Practice, Civil and Criminal: Including Practice in by Roger Foster (1920)
"Plea of nolo contendere. A plea of nolo contendere is one by which a defendant forgoes his right to make a defense without acknowledging his guilt.1 It has ..."

2. Handbook of Criminal Procedure by William Lawrence Clark, William Ephraim Mikell (1918)
"CONFESSION—PLEA OF GUILTY—nolo contendere 129. If the defendant confesses his guilt, either expressly by a plea of guilty, or impliedly by a plea of nolo ..."

3. A Treatise on Criminal Law and Procedure by Thomas Welburn Hughes (1919)
"Plea of guilty or nolo contendere. — The plea of guilty is a record admission of the truth of whatever is well alleged in the indictment, ..."

4. Criminal Procedure, Or, Commentaries on the Law of Pleading and Evidence and by Joel Prentiss Bishop (1880)
"10 V. The Plea of nolo contendere. § 802. How defined. — The plea of nolo contendere is a formal declaration by the defendant in court, that he will not ..."

5. A Treatise on Federal Criminal Law Procedure by William Hawley Atwell (1916)
"nolo contendere—Practice Regulating; After Plea Accepted Cannot be Withdrawn Except by Leave of Court. 42n. New Trial; Discretion of Court—Rulings on Not ..."

6. Prosecution and Defense: Practical Directions and Forms for the Grand-jury by Joel Prentiss Bishop (1901)
"The plea of nolo contendere; VIII. Pleadings subsequent to the pleas; IX. Setting up insanity in defense; X. The change of venue; XL The application for a ..."

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